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Nintendo has been working on its a secret new console codenamed "NX". The original release date was meant for the 2016 holidays, now it is scheduled for March 2017.
Until today, I felt pretty confident about what the near future looked like for Nintendo: the company was going to give us our first concrete details on their upcoming console, codenamed NX, at E3, ahead of a holiday 2016 release date. That’s out the window now: the NX is coming out way March 2017 in an ostensible delay, and Nintendo is remaining mum about the thing at the big show in LA. Nintendo, as always, does things differently. There’s no reason to assume March is a terrible time to release a console — it gets the news cycle to itself — but it is certainly an unorthodox one.
It makes me wonder when we’ll actually hear more about the thing. It seems likely that Nintendo will do some sort of supercharged version of a Nintendo direct — this is likely the biggest news the company will have ever announced in one of those, but the system is in place, and I can’t really see why Nintendo wouldn’t use it. A full scale press conference isn’t out of the question, however. Right after E3 is a possibility: the late summer is a dead time for games, and people might get themselves an announcement hankering after the rush of E3. Then again, if Nintendo has delayed this announcement because it doesn’t feel it will be ready to show at E3, there’s no saying it will be ready in time to squeeze between June and September.
That leads us to fall, again a very strange time to announce a console. People will have their attention turned towards a suite of new fall releases, as well as possible new consoles from Sony, Microsoft, or both. If Nintendo is hoping a March release will give it access to gamers’ full attention, a fall announcement wouldn’t quite work. That would nix September, October, and November.
I thought Nintendo just put out the Wii U. Why would they want to put out another console this early? The answer probably is because the Wii U came out in November 2012 and the Wii U sales have paled in comparison to those of Xbox One and PS4.
If we look at the history of the console wars, the last leap to the next generation of consoles took 8 years. The Xbox 360 was released in 2005, when the next gen Xbox One was released in 2012. This time around Nintendo is cutting that lag time in half as their next generation console Wii U was released the same time as Xbox One and PS4.
All we know at this point is that the new console is coming March 2017. We know nothing about the console and its features. Which is frustrating since this is a confirmed project. More news should come out either during E3 this summer or right around the holiday season. Those are the two biggest times for video game companies to spread awareness.
I would love to hear and see a new Nintendo console that is not totally centered around a brick controller or motion sticks. Don't get me wrong, I will never buy any new Nintendo console but it would be refreshing for the company to actually compete in the US alongside its competition.
Most hardcore gaming fans are aware of the videos released showing a reboot of Ocarina of Time using the Unreal Engine 4. If you haven't, it looks incredible.
If the endgame of the Nintendo NX is to provide a worthy console for the new reboots of Legend of Zelda, than I am all for it. The Zelda games were legendary and you didn't have to play any of them to know that. Whenever you bring up video games to 20+ year olds, they will all tell you about how much they loved those games.
There are probably even people out there who saw Link put into the Unreal Engine and were brought to tears. It is pretty obvious to see how far the evolution of graphics and game play has come by just looking at these games.
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